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Cherry Red: Classic Bally Bullseye Bonus for Big Wins

Cherry Red by Bally three reels wild
Written by Joshua

Bally was traditionally known for producing less volatile games, and so when I find older Bally games on the floor I love to give them a shot.

Among my favorite old school Bally games are a series that include the Bullseye bonus, which has a decent amount of potential, and Cherry Red is one I recently got to play for the first time in awhile, and I ended up doing multiple rounds on it.

Cherry Red by Bally three reels wild

The baseline game has some decent potential, with decent payouts from 1x-20x your wager for each five of a kind you line up. With stacked wilds, they do pop up periodically and help keep things going.

One thing I like about the game is tends to be 150 credits at max bet, which on pennies is a mere $1.50, similar to games like Quick Hit mechanical 5-reel games. But unlike Quick Hit, there is no progressives that require a max bet, so you can certainly play a lower bet and not be penalized for it, although $1.50 is not a massive bet on the casino floor today.

Cherry Red by Bally bonus two reels locked

The Bullseye Bonus is also lots of fun – three or more Bullseye symbols trigger the Free Games. For each four you collect, and the ones you get are your initial count, a reel goes wild for the remainder of the Free Games, starting with the fifth reel and working its way towards the second.

While it gets tougher to get Bullseye symbols as reels turn wild, you do not need a ton of reels wild to begin racking up the wins – see my win above of 50x with two reels wild.

Bally has employed the Bullseye Bonus on a number of their games, so if you do not find Cherry Red you will likely find another game with it on your casino floor somewhere.

I tend to get good mileage on games in this series without a lot of volatility, so if you are looking for a game that will give you some good play time, this is certainly worth a look.

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About the author


My name is Joshua, and I’m a slot enthusiast who works in tech as a marketer by day, and dabbles in casinos periodically during off-times. Know Your Slots will reflect my interests in understanding the various ways you can play slots, travel, casino promotions and how you can get the most out of your casino visits.


  • Please please tell me where you played Bullseye Bonus Cherry Red! It’s my all time favorite slot and my local casino got rid of it last year! I am going to Las Vegas very soon and would love to know where this slot it, I miss playing it so much!

    • Chris and I spoke on Facebook about this, but I played this most recently at Live! Casino in Maryland. My guess is if this game is still around in Vegas it’d be at off-strip casinos. I can’t recall seeing it at any strip locations.

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